- - Thursday, August 20, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The clock is again ticking on federal transportation funding, which runs out at the end of October. Congress must make passing long-term, comprehensive transportation legislation a priority this fall. The Senate has introduced its version of a three-year transportation bill, which is a good first step, but there is still much work to be done to achieve final legislation.

It has been 10 years since Congress passed a multiyear transportation bill. States and municipalities need consistent transportation funding to plan and complete infrastructure projects — especially large-scale public transit projects.

One of the consequences of years of short-term, inconsistent funding has been our nation’s roads, bridges and public-transit systems falling into disrepair, putting both safety and mobility at risk as local populations continue to grow. Continued congressional inaction will mean worsening road congestion, a drag on our economy and more traffic accidents and fatalities.

We all share the transportation network, and we all share the consequences of allowing that network to fall behind. Congress should set aside political differences and find a solution that puts our nation’s transportation back on track. I hope our members of Congress will take the lead in making that happen this year.

GREGORY ZIRZOW

Falls Church

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